Slow down and enjoy the slow-food movement

By on May 21, 2019

Sophie Bennewitz

Have you ever noticed how many sayings there are telling you that waiting is a good thing? It was worth the wait. Patience is a virtue. Good things come to those who wait.

Who was saying these things and what did they think was so marvelous about delayed gratification?

We live in a modern world where answers are available anytime at the tips of our fingers or at the words “Hey Siri,” if you’re too impatient to type. Brick and mortar stores are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anything the world over is available online and free two-day shipping could be added to the Bill of Rights. The time is now!

But is that a good thing?

Maybe we should just pause for a moment and appreciate what’s in front of us instead of rushing to the next thing.

I’m just as guilty as the next person when it comes to dashing off to something new; I’m practically a magpie. However, something that has helped me slow down and focus is considering how what I’m looking at was made and the effort that went into it. It’s mind-blowing to consider how many people worked all along the chain for me to possess or consume a single item.

Since our society has come to depend on cheap goods that travel so far to reach their destination, what can the future hold for local handmade goods?

Thankfully, people far more clever than I am have found a way for traditional handcrafted goods to sneak their way back into prominence, coexisting side by side with modern technology.

Etsy, Facebook and other online markets are making it easier than ever to sell handmade goods to customers anywhere on earth. Customers who not only appreciate the difference between mass-produced and handmade but are willing to pay a living wage for it. As a society, we are celebrating the value of products that took time and skill to craft and were made well.

Naturally, I’m thrilled this shift is happening because every product we make at the Weeping Radish not only takes time to produce but also relies on ingredients that were handcrafted.

A batch of beer takes hours to brew and weeks to age. The hops and barley that went into the batch took months to grow and the skill of farmers and maltsters to be ready for our brewer. Making sausages is an all-day affair with the bacon and pastrami clocking in at nearly three days; fermented and cured products are on a time frame all their own! The products in our retail counter rely on years of experience and a lifetime of dedication from the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association to humanely raise certified Animal Welfare Approved, Free-Range, and antibiotic free hogs.

It’s a better life for the animals and a better product for the consumer. It just takes a little more time.

So cheers to the Slow Food Movement! Long live true Artisans! Hurry up and slow down. Appreciate the time it takes to make something worth enjoying.

At the Weeping Radish, our products are worth the wait, and remember: life is too short to drink bad beer!


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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